It’s been known for about a year that Japanese children’s anime Ronja the Robber’s Daughter would be getting an English version, and we finally know where that’s going to be. Amazon Prime has secured exclusive rights to stream the 26 episode animated series starting on January 27.
Ronja the Robber’s Daughter is actually based off of the very popular Swedish children’s book of the same name by author Astrid Lindgren (who you may know from Pippi Longstocking).
The anime is narrated by The X-Files‘ Gillian Anderson and presented by Studio Ghibli, the people behind Spirited Away. It tells the story of a 10 year old girl who is the daughter of a robber baron. As she grows, she becomes friends with the son of her father’s biggest rival and learns two things: that the forest she lives in is beautiful, but it’s inhabited by strange and frightening creatures, and that a little love and understanding can go a long way towards changing things.
The series is already wildly popular in Japan, racking up numerous awards like the International Emmy Award for Best Kids Animation. This is Amazon’s first order from Studio Ghibli, as they’ve also signed on for the Little Big Awesome series.
Tara Sorensen, Head of Kids Programming at Amazon Studios, said, “We’re thrilled to be collaborating with Studio Ghibli on their first television series, excited to have the talented Gillian Anderson narrate, and proud to bring Astrid Lindgren’s well-loved novel to life.”